CD10 forum for Democratic candidates packed

UPDATE MONDAY MORNING: The Lamorinda Democratic Club has posted videos in two parts of the Friday night candidate forum. See the links beneath the short clips of the candidates’ two-minute closing statements. LAV/9:39 AM Monday

Friday night’s forum for six of the Democratic candidates in the 10th Congressional District felt more like a political convention than meeting of local Democratic Party chapters. (Click here for my news story on the event.)

Some of the candidates’ more well=heeled campaigns lined the walkways leading into the Jewish Community Center in Walnut Creek with handsome young people wearing matching T-shirts who handed out brochures.

The event drew a large crowd of several hundred people. It was the first widely publicized candidate forum for the 10th Congressional District in central Contra Costa County where voters could see the field up close and make their own comparisons. The candidates included San Francisco attorney Tony Bothwell; Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo; state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord; Lt. Governor John Garamendi of Walnut Grove (corrected); Adriel Hampton of Dublin; and Anthony Woods of Fairfield.

Click here for the audio recording of the two-hour forum:

Scroll below for links to videos of each candidate’s two minute closing statements.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    All of these candidates have only opened Exploratory Committees. None have put out campaign signs, as that would have violated municipal and county sign ordinances, which designate a fixed time period before an election (none has been called by the Governator yet). Signs can’t be placed in public view, without penalties. Who knows, Ellen might break a leg, delaying her near certain confirmation by the full Senate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ralph – you must have temporary lack of sight or not drive around much – Jon Garamendi has signs everywhere and Lisa has even a piece on this on this website — see below the piece on: Garamendi hits sign snafu in Oakley
    By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    Thursday, June 18th, 2009 at 12:22 pm in Congressional District 10
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  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    FYI, only Garamendi had an exploratory account, which he has now converted to an official federal account. Buchanan, DeSaulnier, Woods and Hampton all have formed official FEC campaign accounts.

  • Howdy Lisa:

    Thought the blood sports politics in Pinole was a thing of the past?
    Think again.
    Check out my political blog, a response to the complete control of the Pinole City Council (coyotes) by the CCOP (aka crazy critters).


  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    Clearly, our Country is another Great Depression, and CA, and its government is perhaps feeling the worst, economically. There are 3 reasons it’s not called as Depression:
    1. There is no economic definition of a Depression, as there is for a Recession.
    2. The rise of mental illness diagnoses of Depression and Manic Depression would create confusion between Psychiatrists and Economists.
    3. Cock-eyed optimists hope to avoid a Depression.

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    What then is the solution then so that politicians such
    as Bush, and Obama, or those who do political commentary, such as Lisa, Roy Rogers, myself, or for that matter, Bush or Obama, practice. Humor can be characterized as being the butt therof, such as Bush, Palin, or even myself, self-deprecating, such as Obama’s, or tongue-in-cheek, such as you, Lisa, Roy, or I occasionally practice. Laughter is the Best Medicine, after all.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    The trouble with the Left in this country is that they largely lack any humor. Virtually all references made by non-Lefties pushes one of their buttons–they must have a million of ’em– and thus offends someone or something they identify with. Pretty soon, at least in California, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” will raise eyebrows as patronizing to our farmyard friends.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen


    You are always invited to be a columnist on my blog. It is a self-appointed title but you are welcome to use it. (lol)

    And I agree: A lot of people seem to take themselves way too seriously.

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    Lisa, if a man talks in the forest, and there is no woman to hear him; is he still wrong?